VH1 Presents A Slate Of All-New Series, Original Movies And Specials This Fall Season
VH1 Rock Doc: �The Last Days Of Left Eye,� �Totally Awesome,� �Ice T�s Rap School.� �100 Greatest Songs Of The 80's,� �UK Hall Of Fame,� �Driven: LL Cool J,� The Return Of �Breaking Bonaduce,� & �Hogan Knows Best,� �The Old Grey Whistle Test,� An All New Season Of �The Fabulous Life� And The Third Annual �VH1 Hip Hop Honors� Highlight Fall VH1 Programming
Santa Monica, CA, August 2, 2006 � Join the party as VH1 celebrates a star-studded slate of all-new series and specials this upcoming fall season. From the legacy that is Lisa Lopes to child stars and their relationships to learning the basics of rap music to a decade that was �Totally Awesome.� Don�t miss VH1�s hottest new lineup this fall season!
THE LAST DAYS OF LEFT EYE � PREMIERES SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2006
Produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Lauren Lazin, this documentary filled with exclusive and never before seen footage captures the final month in the life of Lisa Lopes, who was killed three years ago in a tragic car accident. Charismatic and complex, Lopes rose to fame as the hip-hop voice of TLC, the best-selling female R&B group of all time. She documented her final days in journals and private home movies shot at her spiritual retreat deep in the jungle of Honduras. During this month Lisa reflected on her triumphs and mistakes with an eye towards the spiritual transformation she so desperately sought. What emerges is an intimate and surprising journey into the soul of a beautiful, talented and still-provocative artist.
DRIVEN: LL COOL J PREMIERES SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT 10 PM*
�Driven: LL Cool J� traces the life of James Todd Smith - one of hip hop�s longstanding music icons. VH1 takes you inside the life of the one man conglomerate who not only helped establish rap as an art form, but has continually defined what it means to be a hip-hop artist for the past 20 years. It explores the tumultuous and tragic childhood of the hugely successful, self made man. From growing up in Queens, witnessing his parent�s explosive and violent marriage and suffering abuse at the hands of his mother�s boyfriend, LL emerged through it all establishing a world renowned musical career turning him into an international celebrity. From the world of music to that of television and film, LL�s career morphs into something phenomenal.
With exclusive interviews from the people most influential in LL�s life and career including Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, Run DMC, Fat Joe, LL�s wife, mother and childhood friends, �Driven: LL Cool J� will give us a behind the scenes look of the struggle that brought him to absolute stardom and an insight to where he�s headed. This episode of �Driven� spotlights rare footage of LL Cool J � from rapping in his grandmother�s basement to performing at �the raising hell tour,� tune in for a never before seen glimpse into the life of a music icon.
ICE T�S RAP SCHOOL- PREMIERES OCTOBER 17 AT 11 PM*
Remember back in the day when school was all about reading, writing and arithmetic? No more. A group of well-heeled students are getting schooled in a whole new way -- learning how to bust rhymes with one of the world�s greatest rappers. Ice-T invades New York City�s exclusive York Prep on Manhattan�s Upper West Side to teach a class of 7th and 8th graders how to become fresh MCs.
�100 GREATEST SONGS OF THE 80�S� � PREMIERES MONDAY, OCTOBER 30- FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
It was a time of Ronald Reagan and Rubik�s Cube��Miami Vice� and Molly Ringwald�Jordache jeans and Joe Montana. But most of all, the 1980s were ten years of totally bitchin� music. The five-part program will countdown classics from �80s icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Public Enemy, Journey, Guns N� Roses and Duran Duran. Each tune�s back story will be told through new, original interviews with the musicians who created them, as well as the legendary artists they inspired. Join VH1 as we count down the coolest, gnarliest, most awesome songs of the decade that gave us hip-hop and hair metal.
TOTALLY AWESOME- PREMIERES SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2006 AT 9 PM*
The network who helped put the pop in culture and the �I love the� in the 80s is opening up the nostalgia cabinet once more with the brand new original film. This irreverent send-up of 80�s movie genre is directed by �Chappelle�s Show� co-creator Neal Brennan.
�Totally Awesome,� introduces us to the Gunderson family, the clueless Mr. and Mrs. Gunderson, their son Charlie (Mikey Day), daughter Lori (Dominique Swain) and youngest son Max (Trevor Heins). The film lampoons some of the most enduring and endearing conventions of the 80s movies we all know and love. Th film also stars Chris Kattan, Tracey Morgan and James Hong.
HOGAN KNOWS BEST � PREMIERES SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ 9 PM*
Back for its third season from their new home in Miami, Hulk Hogan once again opens up the doors to his life in "Hogan Knows Best." Hulk Hogan might be immune to pain when he's in the ring, but there is one pain that even Hulk cannot escape- growing pains! As daughter Brooke, establishes herself as a pop superstar, and son Nick, straddles the fence from boyhood to manhood, Hulk and his wife Linda continue to flex their parenting muscles as they body-slam in the art of raising teens.
BREAKING BONADUCE � PREMIERES SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ 9:30 PM*
In its first season, viewers got a candid, uncensored look at the Bonaduces, who have faced drugs, infidelity and Danny's death-wish antics over their fifteen years of marriage. This season, Danny has conquered his addictions, but now he and Gretchen are left to deal with the true state of their relationship through newly sober eyes. As Danny transfers his obsessions with substances to an obsession with his wife, Gretchen reaches her limit and kicks him out of the house. As a result, Danny decides it�s time to relinquish all of his demons and seek help from a most surprising place.
THE FABULOUS LIFE � RETURNS WITH AN ALL NEW LINE UP MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6
The Fabulous Life takes a first class joy ride through the lavish living enjoyed by the very rich and famous from their lifestyles filled with non-stop VIP treatment, endless entourages, and thousand dollar face cremes, to fleets of cars, massive estates and multi-million dollar wardrobes�and generous charitable giving.
Returning Special Events:
�VH1 Hip Hop Honors� � PREMIERES OCTOBER 17 AT 9 PM*
VH1 pays homage to the hip hop pioneers who transformed the genre into a true cultural phenomenon with the third annual �VH1 Hip Hop Honors.� Hosted by Ice T, this year�s �VH1 Hip Hop Honors,� will pay tribute to Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, and Eazy E. The VH1-created awards special honors hip hop�s pioneers and luminaries who have transformed this musical genre into a cultural phenomenon. The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances by classic artists in collaboration with today�s hottest new talent.
UK HALL OF FAME- PREMIERES NOVEMBER 25, 2006
The third annual �UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony� will take place at the famed Alexandra Palace in London on November 16 and premiere on VH1 as a two-hour live extravaganza on November. The ceremony will be staged in front of a 3,000 strong audience and reveal up to ten legendary artists and one music industry figure to be inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. For the first time, viewers in America will be able to witness this totally unique and utterly unmissable evening packed with amazing live performances from top international artists, exclusive video packages and tribute speeches from some of the leading celebrities of our time.
On November 11, 2004 music history was made with the inaugural ceremony of The UK Music Hall of Fame. The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Queen, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Robbie Williams were the first artists to enter the UK Music Hall of Fame and Chris Blackwell (the founder of Island Records) was given the Honorary Membership for services to the music industry. Inductees are chosen by a highly select group of entertainment industry professionals.
Beginning in September 2006 VH1 Classic will premiere select episodes of the legendary anthology series �The Old Grey Whistle Test� in addition to performances from some of the biggest classic artists of the 1970s and 1980s including Tom Petty, The Police and Lynyrd Skynyrd. All will premiere under VH1 Classic�s original series umbrella �Classic in Concert.�
�Classic Albums� is a 27-episode series with each hour telling the story behind the making of one of rock music's most seminal albums. The series will debut on VH1 Classic this Fall and will feature titles including �Fleetwood Mac: Rumours,� �The Who: Who's Next� and �U2: The Joshua Tree.�
In addition VH1 Classic licensed �Classic Artists,� a series of documentaries tracking the twists and turns in a single artist or band's career. The first episode set to premiere in the Fall 2006 will feature Cream, documenting their journey from the formation of one of rock's first �super groups� to its incredibly prolific yet brief career, and leading to the band's triumphant reunion concerts last year in London and New York.
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